Horsey races to 63 in Denmark

MANCHESTER’S David Horsey opened with an eight-under-par 63 to set the pace in the first round of the highly anticipated second edition of Made in Denmark.

DAVID HORSEY: Eight-under-par

DAVID HORSEY: Eight-under-par

The Styal-attached professional carded seven birdies, an eagle and a bogey to lead by one shot from Welshman Oliver Farr at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, where more than 15,000 spectators created the sort of electric atmosphere that helped make the tournament such a huge success on its debut last year.

“It’s always fabulous to get off to a start like that,” said Horsey.

“I holed my third shot on the 11th from 130 yards to make eagle, then I had five birdies in a row from the 13th, so it was a very good first nine. The magic number crept into my head going down the fourth – my 13th – and I wouldn’t say it affected me too much but I three-putted, then made a mess of the next hole.

“After that it was just about getting back to my strategy and finishing strongly, and I managed to do that. I’m pleased with how I handled myself in that situation. You don’t get many opportunities to shoot 59, so I can probably be excused for letting it creep in.”

Scotsman Paul Lawrie was another shot back on six under, while European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke and home favourite Thomas Bjørn – playing together for the first two rounds – both signed for 69.

Another Danish idol, Søren Kjeldsen, described it as the best day he has ever had on a golf course, acknowledging the enormous crowds around the 16th green holding up red flags bearing ‘SK 500’ in recognition of his reaching 500 European Tour appearances last week.

The 40 year old delighted the masses by knocking his tee shot to within a few inches, and tapped in for birdie to vociferous support.

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